The Warrior’s Daughter

In the wake of tragedy, Antioch warrior Antepi returns to the home she was once forced to leave in ashes. Expecting to find her village as broken as she left it, she is surprised to discover a thriving civilization, eagerly anticipating rejoining the war against England.

Her second surprise comes, though, when her former fiance returns shortly after her arrival- with a new English fiance in tow. Forced to reconcile for the good of their country, Antepi and Joete begin to work through their differences and slowly find themselves drawn back together.

Betrayal, war, and duty stand in their way- will they be able to find their way back together and save the country, after all this time?

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 – Coming Home

    Fire. The fire is all around me. Screams fill the air. As I look across the smoke filled valley, I see my mother, a sword at her throat. I scream right as she is killed. I hear someone calling my name and look around. My father is yelling at me,…

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  • Chapter Two- Joeté

    A few days after we returned, I was practicing with my bow and arrows at the targets in the field. I hit the bullseye again and sighed. This wasn’t enough to make things interesting. I needed something to get my blood pumping, something to keep me active and distracted. Distracted…

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  • Chapter Three- The Trees

    I grabbed my sword and headed out to the training field where some mannequins were set up. I pulled the sword out of its sheath and dusted it off. As I started “fighting” the spinning mannequin, I saw Joeté walk out of his house and look around. I turned away…

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  • Chapter Four- Hannah Learns the History

    In the next week, I got to spend more than enough time with Hannah, because she was almost constantly with Hypoleta. I ate dinner, trained, and talked with Matthias almost all the time, so I was near her often. Her constant babbling made it very hard to talk to anyone…

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  • Chapter Five- The Fire Dance

    That night, after it got dark, a huge fire was lit. Everyone gathered around it and talked in their little groups. Respato talked with some of his advisers. Hannah sat talking with Hypoleta. Matthias,Sahara, Senepha, and I sat talking together on one log, a girl in each of our laps….

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  • Chapter Six- Antioch Church

    The next day was Sunday. We all gathered in the chapel in the late morning and I saw Joeté stride confidently to the bench across from ours. We all had family benches that we would sit on, and you couldn’t sit on anyone else’s. If we needed another bench, they…

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  • Chapter Seven- Back In Town

    “What about you? Why am I so different?” Joeté asked, his eyes narrowed. “Joeté, just trust me.” I took off my metal band that held my long blonde hair back. I looked at it for a moment. It looked like a crown almost, but one that was turned upside down,…

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  • Chapter Eight- The Palace

    “I beat you.” I said breathlessly. The sky was pink with the setting sun and I looked up at it. “Isn’t it beautiful? Even the sunsets in Antioch aren’t this beautiful.” “You know what would be even more beautiful? A nice bath.” He remarked.  I rolled my eyes. Some footmen…

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  • Chapter Nine- Wanepi’s Real Parents

    We finally made it through the maze of corridors back to our rooms and Joeté went into his. Wanepi and I went into mine and sat down on two of the different chairs.  “So how are you really? Not Antepi the warrior, but Antepi the person.”  I smiled. “I’m alright,…

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  • Chapter Ten- Hannah’s Letter

    The next morning Wanepi knocked on my door just as the sun was rising. I am an early riser, so I was already up and dressed.  “Good morning! Did you sleep well?” I asked her as she walked in. And then I saw the two maids following her in. They…

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  • Chapter Eleven- The Roof

    After we had finished eating, Joeté and I went to our rooms and I prepared to leave. I hadn’t eaten anything because of the big breakfast that Wanepi had served earlier, but Joeté and Philippe ate enough for Wanepi and I.  Someone had come and put out a stand and…

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  • Chapter Twelve- Arresting Respato

    We made good time and were in Antioch a few minutes before Spake rang the church bell signaling noon. Everyone was gathered outside waiting for me. Respato was at the forefront with Stella on his arm. I dismounted and grabbed some rope from my saddle bag. I whistled and Stella…

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  • Chapter Thirteen- Prepare for War

    The next morning I woke up before dawn and went to the caves. I found Hannah lying near the front of the cave on one of the cots. I attempted to slip past her but she woke up as I walked by.  “What time is it?” She whispered. “I’m not…

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  • Chapter Fourteen- Battle for Antioch

    I looked around. Everyone was hidden in some way. The archers and anyone swinging down were hidden at the top of the pass. There were warriors in every available pocket. The rest of us were gathered at the edges of the pass, out of sight. The barriers stopped about twenty…

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  • Chapter Fifteen- A Time to Heal

    Before we get to the chapter, I wanted to quickly slip in today’s countdown verse! Matthew 1:20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for…

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  • Chapter Sixteen- Wanepi’s News

    Before we get to the chapter, I wanted to quickly slip in today’s countdown verse! It’s a short one- that really doesn’t make any sense without context- but still good! Matthew 1:22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: Now onto today’s chapter: Several…

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  • Chapter Seventeen- Respato’s Cell

    As usual, here is today’s verse! Matthew 1:24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, I hope everyone is having an amazing Christmas Eve and is ready for Christmas tomorrow!! The next morning I woke up before the…

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  • Chapter Eighteen AND Chapter Nineteen

    Chapter Eighteen- The Wedding I woke up early the next morning and pulled out the dress that Wanepi had put in my closet. It was a deep red and very full. The top was fitted and had off the shoulder sleeves that came to the middle of my upper arm….

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  • Chapter Twenty AND Chapter Twenty One

    Chapter Twenty- A Night To Remember As I hurried with Melissa back to the caves, I ran through in my head what would happen tonight. This was the first fire dance since Respato left and everyone was a little unsure of what would happen. I locked Melissa in a cell…

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  • Chapter Twenty Two AND Chapter Twenty Three

    Chapter Twenty Two- Wounds Reopened A week later, I walked out of my hut to find Wanepi and Philippe getting ready to go home.  “Leaving so soon?”  Philippe coughed a little. “I’m feeling a bit under the weather, so we decided to go back a few days early.” As if…

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  • Chapter Twenty Four AND Chapter Twenty Five

    Chapter Twenty- Four- The Trial of the Elders The next two weeks flew by without any drama. I tried to keep things as uncomplicated as possible. Joeté and Catania came everyday and tried to keep me occupied. Hypoleta was constantly trying to get me to stay in bed longer, but…

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  • Chapter Twenty Six AND Chapter Twenty Seven

    Chapter Twenty Six- Calm After the Storm The water eventually receded, leaving the valley a bit marshy, but otherwise unscathed. The grass grew tall until the men had to bring out long scythes and knives and cut it down.   I hadn’t told anyone about what happened with Jeekis, but I…

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  • Chapter Twenty Eight and Epilogue

    Chapter Twenty Eight- No More Secrets I sat down on one of the chairs. Wanepi paced the room, her arms wrapped around herself.  “He’s going to be okay Wanepi. He’s strong and he’s young. He’s got a lot in his favor.”  She stopped and looked at me. I was surprised…

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